Monday, August 16, 2004

Hungarian GP Comments

Well, it was a fairly uneventful race, no big crashes or any trademark Sato engine explosions. Ferrari started 1-2 on the grid and finished 1-2 to secure the Constructors' title. They needed 9 points and got 18. The drivers title is theoretically still not clinched but the only driver who has a chance to beet Michael is Rubens, and that's not likely to happen.

One of the interesting things was that Kimi Räikkönen was the first driver out of the race. This is the new McLaren-Mercedes package and it was supposed to bring them back into competitive form. The first few races it ran weren't bad but this one wasn't even close.

Juan Pablo Montoya didn't have to bad a race, all considered. He started his Williams-BMW 7th on the grid and ended up 4th. Fernando Alonso had another one of the, what is now becoming a common occurrence, Renault rocket-like starts and blasted from 5th to 3rd at the start. He nearly got Rubens on turn one but the Brazilian held on and it was pretty much over from there. The Ferrari's spend the race running 1 or 2 seconds a lap faster than everyone else on the trace.

While this race may have seemed fairly bland the results are anything but. Michael Schumacher won his record breaking 12th race of the season giving him 82 wins. As the Speed Channel announcers were quick to point out, the racer who is currently driving that has the next most wins is David Coulthard with 13. This is also Ferrari's 14th Constructors' title and 6th consecutive. Barrichello has been the only driver this season to finish every race, coming out of the points only once in the German GP. Let's see, what else... 51 consecutive races without a mechanical failure for Michael. There's some fuss about Mark Webber leaving Jaguar-Cosworth and going to Williams-BMW against his contract. The commentators talked about Giancarlo Fisichella leaving Sauber-Petronas for Renault after leaving them for Sauber last season. Giancarlo has always said he wants to drive for Ferrari but that's not likely to happen. Driving the Sauber was close as they run the Ferrari engine and chassy from last year, which is the main reason he moved to Sauber. But there's some question about his driving skill and loyalties. Plus he's fairly up there in age at 31. I agree with them that he should have stayed with Sauber. The tram is coming along and the car's have been good.

There's probably more I'm forgetting but the bottom line is that the Michael Schumacher-Ferrari package is, at this moment in time, unstoppable. We are witness to a golden time in F1. Years from now we can look back and say, "I was there when Schumacher and Ferrari were making history."

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